Nau mai, haere mai
E aku rahi, e aku nui,
e aku rau rangatira mā,
nei rā te mihi kau ana ki a koutou katoa
Mauri Oho is a landscape-scale trapping and riparian-recovery project in the Northern Ruahine Range and adjacent land in the Tamatea, Mōkai Pātea, and Kererū districts. Its goal is to protect and revitalise the ecology of the area.
It will nurture the revival of taonga species such as kiwi and whio, reverse degradation in numerous areas of major environmental significance and will lay down a welcome mat to enable a thriving manu population to expand from the mountains into neighbouring populated areas.
It will achieve a key step towards the vision of people living in harmony with nature in an environment with clean waterways, a rich ecology and flourishing wildlife.
Mauri Oho is made possible by funding from the Mahi Mō Te Taiao (Jobs for Nature) Programme. Mauri Oho is administered by the Manaaki Ruahine Trust.
Our Four Pou
Interwoven through each of the four pou are training pathways that have been mapped for all roles. This will ensure transferable skill sets for kaimahi into both the predator free industry and the wider conservation sector.
We have included Mātauranga Māori knowledge connectivity across mana whenua within the project area.
Riparian recovery and nursery establishment
This work will be conducted in the waterways that run through the farmlands of the Kererū and Mōkai districts. It will include fencing, planting, nursery work and pest-plant control leading to cleaner waterways and native bush corridors to welcome the returning wildlife.
As part of the central spine of Te Ika a Māui, Te Pae Maunga o Ruahine heads South from a saddle on the Napier-Taihape Rd to the Manawatū Gorge. The total area of the Mauri Oho Project is 59,000ha in the Northern Ruahine Range. This comprises about 39,000ha on public conservation land and 7,000ha on Māori Trust Lands. The remaining 13,000ha is on streams running through neighbouring farmland in the Kererū district. Altogether the public conservation land and the Maōri Trust Lands constitute about half the total area of the Ruahine Range.